Join Francesco Galli Zugaro On Board
Aria Amazon & Mekong departures with CEO Francesco Galli Zugaro

Francesco Galli Zugaro, Founder and CEO of Aqua Expeditions, will share his creative vision for launching Aqua Expeditions, as you explore his favorite excursions together. These limited-edition departures offer guests an abundance of unique opportunities:


Unique  2019 departures with Francesco are available for booking now, with limited spaces available.

2019 Departures

October 7th to 11th, 2019
Iquitos (IQT), Peru
Experience an Amazon river cruise aboard the Aria Amazon


    • Insider access: Travel with Francesco by bike along the Mekong to peddle through local markets or kayak with him on the gentle flows of the Amazon to spot unique wildlife – get behind the scenes insights about his vision for creating the unique guest experience on board our cruise ships.
    • From Peru to Cambodia and Vietnam: Discover the reasons behind Aqua Expeditions’ expansion from South America to Asia. Learn about the journey Francesco experienced building three luxury river boats, from conceptualization and design to the construction and launch of each vessel.
    • Interactive Q&A Sessions: Discover the man behind Aqua Expeditions through informal conversations over drinks.


His deep experience in international tourism and the global marketplace gave Francesco Galli Zugaro the foundation for creating Aqua Expeditions, Peru’s first luxury river cruise company, which expanded its operations globally in 2014 with the launch of the Aqua Mekong on the historic Mekong River, cruising between Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and the bustling metropolis of Saigon, Vietnam.


As CEO, Galli Zugaro personally supervised the design and launch of Aqua Expeditions’ first two vessels, both on the Peruvian Amazon, the Aqua Amazon in 2008 followed by the Aria Amazon in 2011. Two years later and on the other side of the world in a Vietnamese shipyard, Galli Zugaro oversaw the construction of the company’s newest ship, the Aqua Mekong, which debuted in October 2014. Early VIP guests included leading international travel journalists from Travel + Leisure, How to Spend It, Conde Nast Traveller, Forbes and Robb Report, among others. The unprecedented acclaim for the Aqua Mekong extends to praise for the ship’s trailblazing style, including prestigious awards from the international design community.

A distinguished speaker, Galli Zugaro is regularly asked to share his insights on innovation, entrepreneurship and travel market trends at a diverse range of leadership gatherings including the Sydney Lux Experience, Sydney Cruise 360, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), Virtuoso Events and Singapore Investment Forums.



Aqua Mekong Cruises: Founder-Hosted Departure

Aria Amazon Cruises: Founder-Hosted Departure


Limited cabins available – reserve your room now for this exclusive and unique cruising opportunity!